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Christina Webster (flute) & Ya-Ting Liou (piano)
Fri, 09/07/07 (3158 days ago)  
From: 08:00 PM To: 09:30 PM  
Location: An die Musik Live
(410) 385-2638
Tickets: $13 / $10 students & seniors


Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune - Claude Debussy
Three Pieces for Flute Alone - Pierre-Octave Ferroud
Suite Paysanne Hongroise pour flute et piano - Béla Bartók
Java Suite for Solo Piano - Leopold Godowsky
Ballade pour flûte et piano - Frank Martin
Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 14 - Robert Muczynski


Christina Webster, flutist, is a doctoral student in Flute Performance at the Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), where she studies with Mary Posses. Winner of a Fulbright award, she earned a Postgraduate Performance Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music (London) where she studied with William Bennett and Kate Hill. She was awarded UMKC's Graduate Woodwind Quintet Fellowship and performed with that group for three years. She is currently co-principal flutist of the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra, UMKC Chamber Orchestra, and Musica Nova, the Conservatory's new music ensemble, interim second flutist with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, and principal flute/piccolo with the Kansas City Civic Opera Orchestra.

Ms. Webster has performed twice as soloist with the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra as winner of the Conservatory's 1999 and 2005 Concerto/Aria Competitions. She has performed with the St. Joseph Symphony, Topeka Symphony, and the Kansas City Chorale. While at the Royal Academy, she performed as principal flutist of the Manson Ensemble, the Academy's contemporary music ensemble, giving performances at the Oxford Festival of Contemporary Music, the Duke's Hall of the Royal Academy of Music, and alongside the London Sinfonettia at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London. She has also performed at the Purcell Room in London, at the US Embassy in London, and in various venues throughout the UK and Germany. Ms. Webster received first prize, along with pianist Ya-Ting Liou, at the International Collaborative Piano Competition of the 2006 William Garrison Piano Festival and Competition. She was the instrumental winner of the 2000 Naftzger Young Artist Competition (Wichita, KS), and was also winner of the 2005 SAI Scholarship Competition and the 2005 Kansas City Musical Club Scholarship Competition.

Ms. Webster was a prize winner in the 2005 Texas Music Festival's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition, and was a finalist in the 1997 MTNA National Young Artist Competition. She has taught at King's College, London, (on behalf of the Royal Academy of Music), and at Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS); currently she is a freelance flutist and private teacher in the Kansas City area, and is Members' Recital Coordinator for the Kansas City Flute Association. Ms. Webster earned a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in Flute and Piano Performance, summa cum laude, from the University of Kansas. Previous teachers include John Boulton, Shannon Finney, Judy Johnson, and Geri Turvey.

Ya-Ting Liou, Taiwanese pianist, has presented concerts as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S. and abroad, with music critics citing her "secure and impressive technique" and her "ability for expressive and moving playing" (The Chronicle, New Zealand). Her performance highlights include appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the State of the Art at the State Department in Washington D.C., St. Louis Artist Presentation Society, Yamaha Hall in New York, and concert halls in Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, and Taiwan. During her studies with Marian Hahn and Ellen Mack at Peabody Institute of Music, she won the Baltimore Music Club Competition, the Davis Elizabeth Memorial Competition, the Clara Asherfeld in Accompanying Award, and the Frances M. Wentz Turner Prize in Piano Performance. Mostly recently she won the Helen Haupt Piano Scholarship from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation and also received first prize, along with flutist Christina Webster, at the International Collaborative Piano Competition of the 2006 William Garrison Piano Festival and Competition. Ms. Liou has participated in piano master classes with Leon Fleisher, Jonathan Biss, Gregory Sioles, Leslie Howard, Peter Serkin, Stephen Hough, and Peter Frankl. She has attended Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the collaborative piano program at Music Academy of the West - Santa Barbara, where she studied with Jonathan Feldman and Anne Epperson.

Ms. Liou has been invited to present collaborative piano master classes at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música Carlos López Buchardo in Argentina and at the Tainan National University of Arts in Taiwan. Devoted to creative concert programming, she was invited in 2006 to give "the Art of Piano Transcription" concert at Chi-Mei Museum in Taiwan. She is also co-founder of the "Pangea Project", a series of recitals that reflect cultural identities in music. Recitals are featured with multi-disciplinary arts, standard piano music, and works of contemporary composers from the different continents. After successful presentations in Argentina and Taiwan, she will continue the project in Australia and New Zealand in December, featuring works by Pui-shan Cheung, Claude Debussy, Leopold Godowsky, Blas González, György Ligeti, Franz Liszt, Keng-I Liu, and Mark Snyder.

Currently, Ms. Liou is a full-scholarship student in DMA piano performance program at the Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri - Kansas City, where she studies with Robert Weirich.
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